Aditya Mehta all
set for Pro Snooker
India's rising snooker star, Aditya
Mehta, has left for Antwerp en route to UK where he will take part
in the Snooker professional circuit, the first Indian in more than a
decade since Yasin Merchant last played there. After the reaching
the Asian final at Dubai, Mehta went for the 6-Red pro-am event in
Bangkok where he all but beat legend Jimmy White. He says competing
against the world's best has given him a sneak preview of what lies
How do you see your prospects for the pro
There will be eight tournaments. I will be playing in the
qualifiers for these, a round of 96. The round of 32 of these events
are held in UK. The first two are the Northern Ireland Open and the
China Open in August.
How was the Bangkok experience?
It was frustrating. Every time I would succumb to pressure while
taking the last red. That squandered all the good work. I must learn
not to pressure on that one ball, treat it as any other.
Which was your best match?
Against Martin Gould. It went to the last frame and the last ball
and he scraped through. I had my moments against the eventual champ
Ricky Walden. He punished me for every miss. I know what to expect
in the pro ranks.
Have you got over the lost to Jin Long in the
Yes, I beat him in the first round when we were still trying to
settle down and judge the tables. He probably took more time to get
used to the conditions which were not ideal on the first day.
Beating Pankaj Advani must have been
satisfying. Did he play badly or you did well?
A bit of both . I did not miss much and my long potting was going
great. So there was a bit of pressure on his safety. Plus, he was
favourite so the pressure was on him and it showed.
What's been the change in your game?
I think ever since I came back from my break in 2007, I have become
a bit more mentally stable and have stopped putting unnecessary
pressure on myself. That is probably where the change has come and
making it to the final of the national in Hyderabad was a turning
point in my career.
What steps are you taking to get better?
I have a new coach now, PJ Nolan, who I went to in Ireland before
this tournament. He really helped me a lot with my confidence. All I
have to do now is remember what I did wrong or what I missed most
and practice it more. At the academy I will have the chance to play
against the Chinese and also Indians Lucky Vatnani and Saurav
Pradeep Vijayakar :: Thursday
07 August 2008